Mike Stevens | Mar 22, 2010

HOLDEN HAS TODAY announced the appointment of Mike Devereux, 44, as the company's new Chairman and Managing Director.

The announcement follows news earlier this month that Devereux's predecessor Alan Batey had been appointed Vice President of Sales and Service for Chevrolet in the US.

Tim Lee, President of GM International Operations, said Mr Devereux’s global experience and passion for cars made him ideally suited to lead Holden.

“Coupled with an absolute passion for cars, Mike brings rare experience across almost every area of the automotive business including manufacturing, product development and senior management roles in GM’s international operations, marketing, sales and aftersales including the then newly formed e-Business group," Mr Lee said.

“Mike’s most recent outstanding work in the Middle East, which has traditionally been an important export market for Holden, makes him a strong advocate for his new home and the historical brand even before he steps on Australian soil."

Born in Britain and raised in Canada, Devereux joins Holden from his previous position as President and Managing Director of GM Middle East. Earlier roles in Devereux's 26 year career at GM include director positions in the company's Global Sales, Service and Marketing offices.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the GMI Engineering & Management Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Devereux is Holden's third Chairman and Managing Director in two years, following Alan Batey's six month tenure and Mark Reuss's 18 month run before him.

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